Who is this course for

This course is intended for graphic designers, small business owners, creative professionals, print professionals, publishers, prepress professionals, and marketing communications professionals. It’s focused on those creating layouts for print.

Assumed Knowledge

Before taking this course, you should have a basic understanding of your computers operating system. For example, you should know how to launch an application, create and save files, and copy files from CD and other media.

What you will learn

You’ll learn everything about InDesign from start to finish. So if you have little or no knowledge of Adobe InDesign right now then we can guarantee by the end of the Creative Licence in InDesign training package that you will have more knowledge than most InDesign users in the industry!

InDesign 101: Yellow Belt

Imagine being able to create documents of many types, from single page advertisements and flyers, to complex multi-page colour publications after just two days of training! That’s what’s on offer with the InDesign 101: Yellow Belt course. It’s an essential skill for anyone working in the publishing industry, but also for anyone who would like to be able to create marketing documents for their company.

InDesign 201: Green Belt

Sometimes advancing to the next stage is all about changing your working process and ways of thinking. This is exactly what the InDesign 201: Green Belt course is for. Not only will you learn the advanced tools of the program, but you’ll also learn the ways in which the professionals use the program in order to work quickly and effectively, speeding up tasks, reducing repetitive tasks, and creating documents so that they can be easily updated.

Adobe Certified Associate Exam

InDesign 301: Black Belt

Whatever your profession, if it involves designing books, leaflets, brochures, or other official documents, you’ll probably already know how to use InDesign. The question is do you really know how to make the most of it? On the InDesign 301: Black Belt course, you’ll learn the most advanced features of the program, the workflows used by the most experienced professionals, and all the tips and tricks you can use to make your tasks quicker and easier. Afterwards you’ll be prepared for the ACE (Adobe Certified Expert) exam, designed to prove you’ve achieved expert status.


Setting Up Your Document

  • Be precise with Rulers and Guides
  • Add
  • move & shuffle Pages in your Document
  • Paginate Spread Pages
  • Using Bridge to organise your creative assets and InDesign Libraries to share them

Working with Frames

  • Place Text & Graphics on the Document Pages
  • Applying Colours
  • Tints and Gradients
  • Get creative with the Stroke panel
  • Shapes & Corner options inside of InDesign
  • Transforming Frames Content
  • Changing the default Transparency
  • Share the Appearance attributes with Object Styles

Importing and Editing Text

  • Flowing Text & multiple Columns design
  • Formatting with Character & Paragraph Styles
  • Leading
  • Spacing
  • Tracking and Kerning
  • Create Bulleted & Numbered lists
  • Explore decorative Fonts & special Characters with Glyphs panel

Working with Graphics

  • Image quality & Display options
  • Fitting or Clipping graphics with Frames
  • Share Colours with Swatch Exchange Format
  • Manage linked files & automate updating of your content
  • Vector artworks inside of InDesign
  • Goddies inside of the Effects panel

Page Layout tools

  • Using Placeholders
  • Eyedropper and Master Pages for different workflow
  • Aligning multiple Objects & working with Object Groups
  • Wrap text around inline Objects while making use of Alpha Channels
  • Be a professional with Baseline Grid alignment

Outputting and PDF Export

  • Understanding Bleed & Slug
  • Differentiate between Spot & Process colours
  • Create a Package to share InDesign Documents
  • Manage missing Fonts
  • Preflight for Prepress

Enhancing your Workflo

  • Section Starts
  • Prefixes & Page Numbering
  • Exploring Find / Change command
  • Data Merge & Text Variables for Dynamic Data
  • Customise advanced Preferences
  • Synchronizing Book Documents
  • Indexing & Table of Content
  • Discover Interactive PDFs with Hyperlinks
  • Navigational Buttons
  • embedded Sounds and Movies

Advanced Typography

  • Style Overrides & making use of Story Editor
  • Share Styles with Snippets
  • Explore Nested Styles
  • Creating Hanging Indents
  • Hyphenation & advanced Justification options
  • Understand Anchored Objects

Mastering Tables in InDesign

  • Working with Tabulators
  • Table & Cells formatting
  • Placing Graphics inside a Table
  • Link Tables from MS Office for automated updates
  • Importing Graphs & Charts from MS Office

Drawing Vector Graphics

  • Using the Pen
  • Pencil & Scissor Tools to work with Bézier Curves
  • Combine Shapes for complex Compound Paths
  • Utilise Clipping Paths for CD/DVD label design
  • Gradient Feather tool
  • Importing & Colouring B&W Images

Advanced Outputting & XML Export

  • Learn about ICC Profiles & Colour Management
  • Manage Rendering Intents
  • Transparency Flattener & Trapping
  • Outputting an Interactive PDF
  • XML Tagging & mapping Tags to Style

Advanced Techniques

  • Master pages
  • Snippet files, Libaries and Templates
  • Linking, embedding files and creating Packages
  • Advanced usage of Styles
  • Quick apply and Story Editor
  • GREP search
  • User dictionaries
  • Bullets and numbering
  • Advanced text options and columns
  • Working with tables
  • Advanced image techniques
  • Live captions
  • Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign integration
  • Mini-Bridge
  • Working with colours, transparency and gradients
  • Creating and working with long documents
  • Conditions
  • Text variables
  • Table of contents
  • Importing, exporting
  • Live Preflight
  • Interactive PDFs
  • Exporting to Flash Movie files (SWF)
  • Buttons and actions
  • Video files and Multi-state objects
  • Animations
  • Managing prepress and printing

ACA Prep

  • Copyright
  • Design principles, elements, and image composition
  • Design project requirements and deliverable
  • Adding descriptive metadata to images
  • Mock exam

Course details

Evening class duration Weekend class duration Weekday class duration Course level
Creative License

How to book

Simply select your start date from below and pay online to book your course.

If you are joining us during a weekday class then the lessons begin at 09:30 and finish at 16:30. This class will run for weeks.
If you are joining us during an evening class then the lessons begin at 18:00 and finish at 21:00 each week. This class will run for weeks.
If you are joining us during a weekend class then the class starts at 10:00 and will finish at 17:00 each week. This class will run for weeks.